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The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Documentary | 9 July 1965 (Portugal)
A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at ... See full summary »

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Eddie in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
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Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka' (archive footage)
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Actors in 'Go West' (archive footage)
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Ruby in 'Hold Your Man' (archive footage)
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Actor in 'Suzy' (archive footage)
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Haggerty in 'Libeled Lady' (archive footage)
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Tracy Lord (archive footage)
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Stan in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
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Oliver in 'Hollywood Party' (archive footage)
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Nick Charles (archive footage)
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Nora Charles (archive footage)
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Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage)
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Aubrey Filmore in 'A Southern Yankee' (archive footage)
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A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at Eight" and "Bonnie Scotland." Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Laughs of a lifetime...with 50 fabulous stars! See more »


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9 July 1965 (Portugal)  »

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MGM's Big Parade of Comedy  »

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Made it's New York television debut on Sunday, 10 August 1969 on WNBC channel 4. See more »

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The opening credits display the main cast and crew members names on wind swept banners passing by the camera, as if in a "big parade." See more »

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Features Personal Property (1937) See more »

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The Big Parade of Comedy March
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Music by Bernard Green
Lyrics by Robert Youngson
Performed by uncredited singers
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4 November 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This uneven documentary by Robert Youngson, basically showcases MGM's comic talented stars in films produced at the studio. Some performers fare better than others, as we keep hoping for more. One can guess because the limitations of the format, it could only include just so much when there were so many stars from where to choose from.

There is a wonderful sequence of Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel with Lupe Velez. The comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are seen in scenes from "Rio Rita". The Marx Brothers classic "Going West" train routine is shown. Best of all, in our humble opinion, Greta Garbo laughing and having a good time in "Ninotchka" and "Two Faced Woman". The wonderful Dave O'Brien is also showcased doing his Pete Smith character.

William Powell, Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, and the others in the film are seen at some of the funniest moments of their MGM's heyday.


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